Electricity is an extremely common part of our daily lives, and with so
many devices running on it, it’s easy to forget just how powerful
of a force it can really be. There are a lot of risks associated with
electricity, including sparks, fire, and even electrocution if you’re
not careful when using a wall socket or other form of an electrical outlet.
Active plugs carry voltage high enough to cause serious injury or even
death, so you need to treat them with respect and caution. Here are a
few safety tips you should follow.
Be Careful with Kids
Kids are curious by nature, and small holes in the wall are just begging
for curious minds to try to stick something in and receive a shocking
surprise. This means you need to kid-proof any unused outlets until your
children are old enough to understand just how dangerous they can be.
Use plastic plug covers or surge strips that have security sliders on
them to make sure no unused plugs are exposed.
Don’t Put Other Things in Sockets
Sockets are designed for one thing: plugs. That means you shouldn’t
stick anything else in there. Even if a plug seems dirty or something
seemingly gets jammed into it, you should never stick anything else in
to clean it out or pull out the jammed object. If you
do need to service an outlet, always shut off the power at the main breaker
panel before working on it (test the plug by using a lamp or other device
that’s on the same circuit).
Use GFCI Outlets
Ground fault circuit interrupter outlets are an essential technology for
electrical outlets in high-risk areas, like pool areas, restrooms, garages,
and other outdoor areas. Anywhere water or moisture could get into a plug,
you need to have one of these plugs installed. GFCI sockets are designed
to trip and deactivate when they sense a short, which could save you a
potential electrical overload, sparking, and even a fire.
Cover Outdoor Plugs
Do you have any outdoor plugs? They need to be covered. Make sure any covers
you use are rated for outdoor usage and have the proper gaskets and seals
necessary to make sure water can’t intrude and possibly get into
the plug, causing it to short circuit, which could lead to spark and fire
if you don’t have a GFCI circuit installed.
Do you need to install GFCI plugs or add a plug into your home? Call a
Marietta electrician from Lightning Bug Electric today at (404) 471-3847 to
request a service estimate!